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Ants in North Carolina: Don't Let Them Come Marching in to Your Home
Ants are always unwelcome guests, but when you add a peculiar, rotten coconut-like odor into the mix, these party crashers are even more unpopular. If you're like many North Carolina residents, you may have unwittingly hosted an odorous ant population in your home. These ant control tips from Innovative Pest Management, Inc. will help you keep these stubborn pests out of your house this spring and all year long.
Make a Clean Sweep
A stringent cleaning routine helps deprive ants and other pests of the food and water they seek in your home. Help family members develop and maintain pest-preventing habits with these household tips:
Keep a fresh sponge handy for easy clean-ups Make sweeping up crumbs easy with a hand-broom Put away pet bowls nightly
Cleaning up kitchen messes right away is half the battle. Tend to any plumbing leaks to keep water off the menu as well.
Seal It Up
As with other pests, the ant kingdom will find its way into your home wherever possible. In addition to sneaking in through open doors and windows, these insects are tiny enough to squeeze through holes, gaps, and cracks in your home's exterior. Other common entry points include openings around windows and doors. Caulk these areas or fill them with putty to ant-proof your home. Trim tree branches and bushes to further block access.
Treating an Ant Infestation
If the local ant population ends up taking residence in your home, help is available. While ant bait, bug sprays, diatamaceous earth, and other over-the-counter treatments can be purchased inexpensively, these options are often just temporary fixes. In addition, these products sometimes pose health and safety risks to children and pets. Using them incorrectly puts everyone in danger. That's why professional ant control services are the safest and most effective option for keeping your North Carolina home ant-free.
Ant Control in North Carolina
Innovative Pest Management, Inc. helps residential and commercial customers in North Carolina keep pests from making themselves at home. Based in Raleigh, our family-owned business provides extensive training to our friendly, dependable technicians. Contact us for safe yet powerful ant control solutions for your home or business. In addition to eliminating infestations, we ensure that our customers are armed with the information they need to keep ants and other pests at bay.
Cold Season Combatant: Stopping North Carolina Ants This Winter
It's winter, and ants are just as anxious to get in from the cold as we are. While you may feel helpless seeing these pests march across your floors and counter tops, the good news is you don't have to live with an ant infestation.
Innovative Pest Management, Inc.
explains how North Carolina residents and business owners can clear their properties with effective ant control measures this time of year.
Make Your Home Less Alluring with Vinegar
Although sealing cracks, gaps, and other accidental openings in walls and around entryways may make it more difficult, ants are small enough to find a way into your house. These pests hate the smell of vinegar, so make your home less attractive by whipping up a 1:1 water-and-vinegar solution for the following uses: • Mop floors, especially in the kitchen • Spray around windowsills and doorways to deter entry • Clean counter tops after meals, snack time, and food prep Vinegar is a safe, inexpensive ant repellent that you're likely to already have on hand. It also disrupts pheromone trails they leave behind to communicate with others in their group.
Eliminating Ant Infestations
If you see one ant, there are probably many more elsewhere in your home. A few of these insects may leave the nest they've likely built inside your floors or walls to find food. If you're able to find ants' nests, try spraying them with dish soap or boric acid. Boric acid is toxic, so only apply it in areas where your kids and pets don't have access. But getting rid of nests may not completely eradicate ant infestations in your home or business. In this case, you'll need expert ant control services from trusted professionals.
The Proven Ant Control Professionals
Many property owners are plagued by ant problems during the colder winter months. You don't have to tolerate these pesky bugs, though. When preventive measures and DIY methods don't do the trick, it's time to call in the ant control professionals. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. has helped residential and commercial customers in North Carolina enjoy pest-free properties for 20-plus years. We’ll get rid of ants at your home or business and help prevent future infestations.
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Minimize Moisture: Resisting Earwigs in Your North Carolina Home
Like most of us, earwigs like warm, cozy surroundings. However, these pests also prefer a high dose of moisture in their environment. That's why the most important earwig control method is keeping moisture under control. Find out more about this common household problem from the team at Innovative Pest Control, serving North Carolina homes and businesses.
About the Earwig
Measuring about 5/8" long, the earwig has a reddish-brown body supported by light-brown legs. Although the pincers at the end of an earwig's body look intimidating, they're harmless to humans. However, earwig populations can do serious damage to agricultural and home garden crops. These insects dine on live plants, dead bugs, and rotting vegetation. They're nocturnal creatures, but some earwig varieties are attracted to lights.
Why Do I Have an Earwig Infestation?
As we mentioned, an earwig's ideal environment is warm and humid. They often hide out in damp boxes or in planters. You may unwittingly bring an earwig (or two or three...) inside when hauling in seasonal items or protecting a plant on a chilly night. A damp crawlspace, moisture around your foundation, or a dripping spigot is likely to lure nearby earwigs. And if the weather turns cold, these pests are even likelier to seek shelter wherever they can find their way in.
How Can I Prevent Earwig Infestations?
Reduce excess moisture wherever it occurs. Fix plumbing leaks, both indoors and outside. It's common for North Carolina homes to have too much moisture in crawlspaces and basements with dirt floors. Vapor barriers help prevent earwig invasions and a host of other issues. In addition to helping with earwig control, replacing worn weather strips and sealing gaps in your foundation and walls helps keep out all kinds of pests. Be sure window and door screens fit snugly inside their frames, and cover weep holes with screens.
Earwig Control from the Experts
Earwigs may not endanger your health or safety, but we can all agree these creepy crawlers don't belong inside. From dehumidifying the basement to sealing off points of entry, there are plenty of ways to defend against these invaders. If these methods don't do the trick, or if you're already experiencing an infestation, look to professional earwig control services. The team at Innovative Pest Control has what it takes to restore comfort and peace of mind inside your North Carolina home or business.
Protect Your Property From Stored Product Pests in North Carolina
Some pests in North Carolina are an issue for plants and grass; others are an issue people and animals. There are also pests that attack various products in
like grocery stores, food warehouses and home pantries. Though these pests can infiltrate homes through cracks and crevices, they're often already inside various containers when you bring them home from the store, requiring
residential pest control
to get rid of them.
What Are Stored Product Pests?
A stored product pest, also known as a pantry pest, is an insect that feeds on a variety of foods such as flour, spices, chocolate, and cereal. It invades boxes, bags, and containers and consumes the food as it matures from the larval stage to adulthood. Pests of every life stage can be found in the containers and spread to others in the pantry, contaminating the food in the process.
Common Stored Product Pests in North Carolina
Pantry pests come in all shapes and sizes, from two-millimeter rice weevils to five-millimeter red flour beetles. These pests and other insects invade homes in one of two ways: by crawling through openings around pantry doors or by escaping out of packaged goods that were bought at the store. Some other common pantry pests include:
Confused flour beetles
Indian meal moths
Saw-toothed grain beetles
How to Prevent Stored Product Pests
Taking preventative measures will help keep out unwanted pantry pests and prevent them from ruining your food. If they're not caught in time, the pests will continue to breed and increase their numbers, causing a problematic infestation within weeks. Some effective preventative measures include:
Checking packaged goods once you get home
Sealing cracks and crevices around your home
Transferring opened goods to sealed plastic containers
Inspecting bird seed and dry pet food
Hiring a professional to perform a thorough inspection
The Importance of Residential Pest Control
Scheduling routine inspections is the best way to prevent and eliminate pantry pest infestations in your North Carolina home. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. provides
residential pest control
and can identify and treat product pests in your home. We can help you identify any pest on your property, and our trained technicians will halt your infestation and set up a barrier to keep the pests out for good.
Rodent Control Myths: Why You Need a Professional in North Carolina
Mice and rats can turn your home or business life into a nightmare. From leaving droppings behind to creating fire hazards, these pests endanger your health, safety, and finances. Innovative Pest Management Inc. debunks three of the most popular misconceptions about rodents, explaining why
professional rodent control
is a must for North Carolina residents and business owners.
Three Common Myths About Rodents
1. Cheese makes the perfect mousetrap bait.
Other than the convenience of placing a chunk of cheese on a mousetrap, there are few reasons to use it as rodent bait. Mice prefer sweets, meats, and foods with high water content, since they get most of their hydration from the food they eat. Try bacon, chocolate, seeds, or fruit instead of the old dairy standby to get rid of mice. Since there's rarely just a single rodent, DIY methods are often ineffective. You'll need the help of a trusted pest control team to strategically tackle infestations.
2. Having a cat means not having mice.
Well-fed cats are seldom driven to rid their homes of mice. They may toy with or kill a mouse when feeling playful. But most pet cats lack the motivation to become predators when their tummies are full and their needs are met. Instead of relying on your complacent kitty, enlist the aid of a professional rodent control team to do the dirty work. And since mice and rats produce dozens of pup litters per year, acting quickly is a must.
3. Rodents don't live in neighborhoods like mine.
Mice and rats don't care what zip code your neighborhood is in or whether everyone maintains their homes and lawns. They're simply looking for food, warmth, and shelter wherever they can find it. Even the cleanest homes and businesses can attract these critters if they provide easy access to the things these pests need. Keep food sealed in airtight metal or glass containers, avoid using cardboard boxes (rodents either chew them or hide in them), and seal off any cracks or gaps in walls and around entryways.
The Truth: Professional Care Is Your Best Bet
It's easy to see how rodents can wreak havoc in homes and businesses. From contaminating your food to chewing on electrical wiring, these pests cause problems wherever they go. Instead of relying on conventional wisdom to eradicate infestations on your North Carolina property,
contact the experts
at Innovative Pest Management, Inc. We've provided safe, effective rodent control to customers for over two decades.
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